Are Drug Polluted Rivers Endangering Aquatic Life?

THE EFFECTS OF ILLEGAL DRUG WASTES ON NATIVE FISH

New research has found dire effects of cocaine on European eels, traces of which usually get mixed into water as part of an illegal drug cycle.

Under the influence of cocaine, this endangered species of native fish is likely to be affected by an impaired reproduction along with some other critical physiological hazards. Cocaine enters the natural water world via wastewater, bringing these eels into direct contact with the drug.

European eels have already been declared as an endangered species due to complex patterns in their migration, and overfishing, as well as water pollution. The situation for these European eels has worsened in the recent times due to the high concentration of drugs in rivers.

What Do Studies Say?

A study was conducted on eels by putting in similar levels of cocaine in water (as found in rivers). After exposing the eels to water with traces of cocaine, significant changes in their condition was observed.

This sudden change in eels is instigated by an increase in a stress hormone that is said to induce fat consumption in their bodies. Under the influence of this drug, many of the bodily functions of these fish were found to be highly affected, including their brain, muscles, gills, skin, as well as hormones.

The influence of cocaine on these European eels is also found to result in severe muscle swelling and breakdown, another reason to worry about the wellbeing of this endangered species. Muscle swelling or breakdown directly restricts the ability of the eels to swim long distances directly affecting their migration practices.

Moreover, the breathing abilities of these eels are impaired under the influence of cocaine.

The Harm Caused

Significant changes noticed in eels under the influence of cocaine include;

  • Hyperactive Behaviour
  • Impaired Gills
  • Muscle Swelling/Breakdown
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Impaired Reproduction
  • Reduced Strength

The only solution to this problem lies in restricting illicit drug production along with the proper treatment of wastewater. There is a need for an active movement that works for restricting illicit drugs, not only for the well-being of humans but also for preserving the lives of many other water-dwelling creatures.

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Fighting the Plastic Phenomena

Global plastic production has recorded about a twofold increase with every passing decade in the recent times.

Plastic has become an undeniable part of our daily lives, but an enormous of this durable product is used just once, and often briefly. After which it lands in our rubbish bins and takes hundreds of years to degrade!

So, what is it about plastic that makes it harmful to our planet as well as our lives?

How is Plastic Made?

Did you know that the unnaturally produced plastic that you use today was once produced via natural resources? As surprising it may sound, it is true that the earliest forms of plastic were made from the sap of gum trees, dating back to some 3500 years ago!

Synthetic plastics including celluloid and Bakelite came to the fore in the 19th and 20th centuries, and since then plastic has become unstoppable in its wide use and production.

Most of the plastic used today depends largely upon fossil fuels (crude oil & natural gas) as its primary resource. The man-made plastic that you use today is essentially made of polymer – a composition that gives plastic its natural tendency to mould and shape under any influence of pressure or heat.

Refineries transform crude oil into ethane and natural gas into propane which is then further refined into the versions of ethylene and propylene, which become polymers termed as “resins”.

These “resins” then go through a further process of melting, cooling, and chopping, to form “nurdles” – a term used for plastic pellets in its pre-production stage. “Nurdles” are used by plastic manufacturers to produce various kinds of plastic goods that take hundreds of years to decompose on their own.

What is the (potential) Solution?

The most harmful plastics that need to be avoided are “Single-use plastics” like grocery bags, cans, straws, product packets, etc. These are often not reusable, and end up polluting our environment and natural habitats.

Every single effort you can make towards avoiding the use of these plastics by replacing them with other solutions is valuable in the fight to save our planet from turning into a poisonous pile of plastic waste.

Another step that could help reduce the hazard of plastic accumulation globally is by returning to the production of plastics using natural resources.

Natural resources like the rubber tree offer sustainable yet biodegradable materials (like latex) for various plastic products. Therefore, the more mindful you become in the use of plastic, the more sustainable our lives will become on this planet!

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Turmeric – The King of Remedies!

Indians have been using turmeric for its medicinal properties for centuries and now there are numerous studies to support the nutrient value of turmeric and its positive effects on both body and mind.

The most important active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Did you know? Curcumin is a fat-soluble nutrient and its absorption is boosted by 2000% if consumed with black pepper!

Let’s take a look at the proven benefits of this golden spice and the ailments it can alleviate.

Ailments that Benefit from Turmeric

Joint pain

Joint pain from arthritis is caused by inflammation within the joints. As curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps with the reduction of inflammation and thereby the symptoms of this disease with proven results.

Inflammation

It is proven that curcumin has the potency to block the molecules that induce inflammatory responses and is therefore of benefit in reducing the symptoms of inflammation in the body.

Blood Pressure

Curcumin assists in regulating blood pressure levels, By improving the lining of the blood vessels it can also reduce the chances of a heart attack.

Neurological Disorders

People suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or even depression may find relief from Turmeric. Some researchers are even hopeful of an eventual cure.

Turmeric helps because curcumin boosts BNDF levels in the brain that can reduce the symptoms of these disorders.

Cancer

There are many ongoing types of research to support the fact that curcumin has the potential to make crucial changes at a molecular level that may help to prevent, as well as treat, cancer. Although it is too early to declare its effectiveness to treat cancer, there are huge possibilities for it to be a part of standard cancer treatment in the near future!

Due to its proven health benefits for a number of ailments, turmeric is being used in many foods, beverages, and miscellaneous products.

A few years ago who would have even thought about the possibility of a ‘turmeric latte’!

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How Efficient are you at Reading Nutrition Labels?

TIPS & TRICKS TO ACE THE SKILL OF READING LABELS

Healthy food choices are key to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Reading the nutrition labels of packaged food products is one of the most important factors to help you make correct food choices for you and your family. But, with so many serving ratios and nutrient percentages mentioned on the products, you may get confused and dissuaded from any further attempts at reading them.

Another factor that makes reading labels so tiresome is the time they consume. It can be useful to do online research of these products instead of wasting your time decoding labels in the store while shopping.

There are a number of factors that you need to pay attention to most while reading nutrition labels to get optimum benefit from them.

Servings

Firstly, you need to be careful when reading the serving size mentioned on the product. You must be aware of the difference between “serving size”, “number of servings”, and “servings per container”.

The serving size you consume as per your label, measures the amount of calories and nutrients that you consume in that particular meal.

Calories

Tracking calories per serving as mentioned in the label will give you an idea about your energy consumption ratio in that specific meal. You can even go one step ahead and get an insight into the details of macronutrients consumed by you per serving. For instance, consuming 1 gram protein means that you have consumed 4 calories and similarly consuming 1 gram fat means that you have consumed 10 calories in that serving.

Good Nutrients

Look for packaged food products that are rich in fibre, Vitamin A, C, Iron, and Calcium. These are good nutrients that contain all the imperative constituents to boost your body’s immunity and strength.

Nutrients to Avoid

Last but not the least, take notice of all the nutrients in the labels that need to be avoided or at least limited in your meals. You should limit your consumption of foods that denote a high ratio of trans fat, saturated fat, processed sugar, cholesterol, and sodium.

The early you cultivate the habit of reading labels efficiently, the better your chances of making the right food choices, comparing products easily and better managing any special diet.

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The Importance of Improving your Gut Bacteria after using Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be necessary. Unfortunately, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the bodies’ bad bacteria and good bacteria and stop or kill some vital bacteria present in your gut.

The 400 species of normal “good” gut bacteria play a vital role in digestion, metabolism, immunity and your overall health your body. The gut bacteria are like a barricade between your inner body and the outside world.

Gut bacteria protect us from getting ill with some exposure to “bad” bacteria during everyday activities.

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